October 28th, 2020 | Edmonton, Alberta / Virtual

AEC is one of North America’s largest automation events and happens every two years in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We welcome automation, instrumentation and control systems professionals from a diverse range of global industries including: oil & gas, petro-chemical, manufacturing, mining, power, water & wastewater, forestry, pulp & paper, agriculture and more…

Presentation by Rick Kaun:

Automated & Real-Time Vulnerability Management in OT Environments

The current OT cyber security landscape sees common trends such as increased cyber risk, growing pressure from corporate and regulatory bodies to implement security programs, and an influx of IT teams muscling their way into OT in OT cyber security practice. These trends put pressure on OT practitioners to accelerate their use of technology and find innovative ways to scale solutions across multiple assets and sites. Managed by a scarce, often remote, support team while balancing the use of IT tools in an OT-safe process, it’s time to find a better way.

This familiar scenario led a number of operational entities to employ a new approach to OT cyber security called “Think Globally, Act Locally.” It provides multiple benefits to the operating company such as:

  • Reducing redundancies of people, process and technology
  • Oversight by key OT staff to ensure safe operations
  • Granular insight and control in the identification and application of compensating controls when patching is not possible
  • Bridging and leveraging the best of both IT skills and OT insight
  • Providing operators with a way to take action as opposed to just alerting

Join Rick Kaun, VP Solutions of Verve Industrial, as he provides insight into what the “Think Globally, Act Locally” approach is, a real-world case study example, and suggestions for adopting the framework at your organization.

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